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Print Communication Design Short Course

Print Communication Design Short Course (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Marc Wood


This course aims to teach all the creative and technical steps for the creation of beautiful print communication and/or editorial designs.

From prestige books to corporate brochures, customer magazines and leaflets, to fashion catalogues and branded print campaigns (advertisements, posters, etc.), the same design principles of visual communication—typography, layout composition, image-making, editorial design and art direction (of photography and illustration)—apply.

In this practice-based course, you will learn how to construct and style your print design and/or publication, using principally Adobe CC Software: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

The focus of the course will not however be solely technical, but will aim to develop your design sensitivity and knowledge of best practice in editorial design, typographic layout, strong image-making and art direction.

Ultimately, the course aspires to enlighten and inform students to plan, design and produce powerful content and messages through the combinations of the printed word and image, and to design engaging printed communication and media with an audience in mind.

Topics covered

  • Basics of typography
  • Visual principles of layout design
  • Visual hierarchies, typographical hierarchies, grids
  • Typographic detailing
  • Basic elements in editorial design
  • Art direction of photography and illustration
  • Building narratives through photography and/or illustration
  • Exploring type, form, colour, composition, style and imagery, to express a visual tone of voice relevant to a specific audience: i.e. luxurious, trendy, dynamic, classical, etc.
  • Planning and sequencing content in publications
  • Print production process and techniques: scanning, colour conversion, imposition
  • Preparing final artworks for professional printing
  • Choosing and specifying: paper, card, colour and materials specifications
  • Basic print techniques, special print finishes and binding
  • Special print techniques (e.g. special Pantone inks), special print finishes (e.g. types of varnishes) and binding (types of binding)
  • Print management: design and production phases, scheduling, liaising with printers

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Created a print communication design for yourself, or your personal business
  • Acquired a clear understanding about the whole process of graphic design as applied to print design (brochures, catalogues, books, posters, etc.)
  • Learnt the visual principles behind successful and powerful layout and composition that are communicative to their target audience and effective in engaging them.
  • Developed sensitivity and knowledge of effective use of typography and art direction in print communication 
  • Learnt about preparing press-ready final artwork for printers
  • Gained a good understanding of print production professional processes
  • Learnt about adding creativity with special print techniques, finishes and binding

Who should take this course?

Beginners/Intermediate, all welcome. Anyone interested in graphic design and the production of high professional standard printed communication outcomes. Graphic design students, BA and/or MA graduates, junior designers wishing to improve their print design skills, marketing professionals wanting to learn more about the creative design process, business start-ups wishing to produce promotional materials, any type of design students or junior professionals.

Level: All levels welcome

Entry requirements

A creative and open mind. Basic knowledge of Mac and Adobe Creative Cloud software —especially Adobe InDesign, and to a lesser extent Adobe Photoshop, is required. Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is also useful but not absolutely essential. Basic knowledge of Adobe CC is sufficient as basic operative functions will be taught in-class and one-to-one (if required).

Please note that all courses scheduled to start before 30 June 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

After graduating in 1988 from Central Saint Martins, Marc Wood worked at the UK’s top agencies and consultancies including: Gary Rowlands Associates, Lewis Moberly, Michael Peters Group, Coley Porter Bell, Peter Saville Associates, Pentagram, Conran Design, Luxon-Carra and Contra, where he was creative director of a 110 people-strong global integrated creative agency.

Since 2004, Marc Wood has been running a small boutique brand consultancy specialising in brand identity creation , implementation and brand management. In the course of his career, Marc Wood has designed and managed branding and design projects for a large variety of international clients, in various fields of industry—from commercial brands to cultural bodies and corporate institutions—including, to name just a few: Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Bosch-Siemens, Aer Lingus, EMI Classical, Marks & Spencers, Philips, Sega, Alessi, Bowers & Wilkins, Thermos, Smithkline-Beecham, Cummins, Wärtsilä, M-Real, Kone, Coopers & Lybrand, Pilcher Hershman, Strutt & Parker, Factory communications, (French) Ministère de la Culture, Storm Model Agency, Wagamama, Warner Chappell, Warner Music, Yohji Yamamoto, London Fashion Week, Jil Sander, SCP, London Designer Show, Native Design.

Marc Wood’s approach centres around the creation of unique brand languages, original brand realms which convey the essence, express the personality and communicate the values and vision of the clients’ brands, be they products or institutions. Marc Wood’s practice strives to discover new ways to communicate identity, applying branding concepts on an array of media and touch-points to engage audiences, and exploring the new interactive possibilities of new technology to keep the conversation going.

Marc Wood has also been a senior Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts London, since 1995. In his teaching, Marc’s focus lies in re-appraising and questioning the nature and experience of visual identity and branding, and in pushing the boundaries of branding beyond its current remits of practice.


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Sketchbook or notebook
  • USB stick

A laptop is recommended but not compulsory

IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college – instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.

To create an account students will need to:

  1. Go to Adobe Sign in page.
  2. Select ‘Create an account’
  3. Enter your details and select ‘Create account’

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